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Eye Candy: 1972 Chevelle SS 454

Published January 24, 2014

The Car: 1972 Chevelle SS 454

The Owners: Henry and Lydia Coffey, Brampton

The Story: When is a car not a car? When it’s a time machine.

That’s how the Coffey family sees their big red beauty. It’s been with them for 41 years and every member of the family has special memories of it.

Henry and his wife, Lydia, ordered the car in early September of 1971, took delivery of it in December, and have owned it ever since.

It was equipped with the standard Chevelle Super Sport  (SS) options plus the 454 cubic inch engine, turbo 400 transmission, bucket seats, console, tinted glass and vinyl top.

For the next five years, the Chevelle was the family’s daily driver. It even made a road trip to Florida and back. But then Lydia started thinking they should take it off the road during the harsh Canadian winters and get a different daily driver.

“Well here we are almost 37 years later and we still have the car,” Henry says. “And we’re glad of it. It’s part of the family, with both our kids (now grown adults) having memories of going to car shows and touring in Dad’s red car.”

The car got a complete restomod in 2010, including a fuel-injected 555 cubic inch,700-HP engine to replace the 454 and all new or upgraded driveline parts.

“It’s our time machine, our instant connection to the past,” Henry says. “And after 41 years, it’s more fun to drive than ever.”

Show us your candy! Do you have a beautifully restored or modified car? Send us your good-quality pics, along with a few sentences about why it’s special to you. Please include your name, city of residence, make and year of the car, and how long you’ve had it. If we choose it, we’ll run it in Toronto Star Wheels and online at Wheels.ca. Send your email to wheels@thestar.ca and be sure to use “Eye Candy” in the subject line.

Want more candy? Click the links below to sample the full collection of past Eye Candy cars sent in by readers.

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1970 Mercury Spoiler

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1979 Pontiac Special Edition Trans Am

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1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air

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